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NORMAL — A Central Illinois doctor has been reprimanded by the state for misrepresenting his credentials while testifying in court, in a deposition as an expert witness, and on his resume.

Dr. Dru Hauter has been fined $2,000 by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, reprimanded, and ordered to complete continuing education.

"I will comply with their wishes," Hauter told The Pantagraph on Wednesday.

In a separate case, the state revoked the license of a Normal nurse.

Hauter said he has retired from medical practice but remains among three owners of IWIN (Integrated Work Injury Network), an occupational health center with a location at 482 Wylie Drive, Normal.

Hauter, of Kenney, said he was reprimanded for listing on his resume that he was certified in internal medicine and as a medical evaluator, but not listing that the certifications had expired.

During testimony about his credentials during a trial in Springfield, where he was presented as a defense expert, U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough concluded Hauter was misleading in his initial testimony by not specifying that his certifications had expired.

As a result, a complaint was filed with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Hauter said.

Hauter practiced medicine in Lincoln for 10 years, then worked for BroMenn Occupational Health Services in Bloomington-Normal from 2001 to 2007. Lynn Hutley, public affairs coordinator for what is now Advocate Aurora Health, said Hauter is no longer affiliated with Advocate.

Hauter went to work for Peoria-based IWIRC (Illinois Work Injury Resource Center) as medical director of occupational health in 2007, according to the IWIRC website. Hauter and a representative of the company said that Hauter is no longer practicing clinically but remains an IWIN owner.

In other action, the state department revoked the licensed practical nurse license of James Rellihan of Normal because of a guilty plea to a Class 1 felony and unlawful theft of a controlled substance.

Rellihan was sentenced in August to four years in prison for stealing opioid patches from two terminally ill nursing home residents in Bloomington-Normal.

Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech


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